Out of the Fog

Synopsis: In Brooklyn, fishing is the hobby of the workers Jonah Goodwin and Olaf Johnson and they use to fish every night in their old boat. Jonah's daughter is the twenty-one year-old telephone operator Stella Goodwin, who is an ambitious young woman that dreams on leaving her neighborhood. She is the sweetheart of the worker George Watkins, a simple man that dreams on marrying her. When the smalltime gangster Harold Goff arrives in Brooklyn, he extorts money from Jonah and Olaf to "protect" their boat from fire and dates Stella. Jonah tries to convince his daughter that Goff is a racketeer that takes money out of poor ordinary people but she does not care to her father since she sees Goff as her chance to have a comfortable life and visit new places. When she discloses to Goff that her father has savings, Goff demands the money to Jonah. Now the old man is convinced that the only chance to get rid off Goff is to fight back.
Genre: Crime, Drama
Director(s): Anatole Litvak
Production: Warner Bros.
85 min


It's your turn. You take a card.

- This is not cards. This is torture.

I could do better sitting in a

rocking-chair and knitting.

Am I giving you an argument?

Bourbon, straight.

- One bourbon, coming up.

Here's a Jack. I hope you don't need it.

A Jack I need? A doctor I need.

Why don't you give me decent cards?

My luck. My cards are

just like my business.

Look at them. Like cheapskates

playing the chamber of commerce.

Merchants of the community.

Like clockwork, they come in every

day and order the same food.

They place the same game of cards.

They even play the same records.

And I got to listen to the same

bellyaching about their business.

And when they leave .. I get

the same crummy nickel tip.

I ask you mister, is there

any percentage in that?

I ask you.

- Another bourbon.

Another bourbon coming up.

Good evening Mr Propotkin.

Hello, Sam.

- Good evening.

Hi, Eddie.

- Fine thanks, Mac. Nice weather, eh?


Hey, Olaf .. a hot plate for the law.

What's new on the beat,

Lieutenant? Anything exciting?

I'll take my coffee now, Eddie.

- Yes, sir.

Ask the Lieutenant what

else he'll have to drink.

Thanks .. I can buy my own.

How much do I owe you?

- Four bits.

A fifty out of five .. two bourbons.

If she feels that way about it, why don't

she sit here and take the cash herself?

Instead of staying out in the

kitchen making passes at the chef.

By the way, that chef that works

here .. what's his name again?

Olaf. Olaf Johnson.

Don't he own a little fishing-boat

around here? - That's right.

Eddie .. I want to eat

tonight, not tomorrow.

How about it back there?

On my, be careful, Eddie.

The plates are hot.

This is for Igor. They made

it just he way he wants.

Olaf! All day, all day! You have

everything on your mind but your work.

You didn't clean up the kitchen.

- The kitchen is clean.

The floor is going to be washed.

- The floor is washed.

That clock .. always that clock.

Counting the minutes, counting the

seconds. Can't you at least talk to me?

I am a simple man. I can only keep

my mind on one thing at a time.

Tomorrow, I think I put a little

more garlic in the sauce.


- Yes?

Olaf, what is a man without a woman?

- Nothing.

Exactly .. I'm a lonely woman.

And growing older.

I need the strong arms of a

dependable man to lean on.

It's getting hot here.

I could make out in a fish

tavern three times this size.

If I only had some help.

- Size isn't everything.

I'm growing no younger, Olaf.

I need ..

I need to take out the garbage.

Please excuse me.


Meatballs, sauce and spaghetti.

- Oh, I'll do it.



Yes Olaf, yes? Something wrong?

She's still in the kitchen.

I can't leave yet.

You're off .. it's past eight o'clock.

Don't worry. It will only be minutes.

I will call you as soon as she leaves.

Hey Magruder .. there

is a fire on the pier.

What, a fire?

- A fire? Where?

It ain't a big one. Just Carny's boat.

- Another fishing boat?

Is it still burning?

- Whatever is left of it.

The fog's so thick, nobody

noticed the smoke.

I'll have a look. Eddie,

keep my plate hot, will you.

Wait a minute, Mac.

I want to go with you.

Oh no you don't! You are

going to stay right here.

I'm going upstairs, and

remember .. no watching fires.

Okay .. okay.

It's like living in a jail around her.

It's a wonder she even lets me breathe.

Hey mister. Would you watch

the place for me for a minute?

You see, I'm just a sucker for fires.

- Sure. Sure, go right ahead.

Thanks. Thanks a lot. I'll be right back.

Good evening, sir.

- My name is Goff.

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Robert Rossen

Robert Rossen (March 16, 1908 – February 18, 1966) was an American screenwriter, film director, and producer whose film career spanned almost three decades. His 1949 film All the King's Men won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress, while Rossen was nominated for an Oscar as Best Director. He won the Golden Globe for Best Director and the film won the Golden Globe Award for Best Picture. In 1961 he directed The Hustler, which was nominated for nine Oscars and won two. After directing and writing for the stage in New York, Rossen moved to Hollywood in 1937. There he worked as a screenwriter for Warner Bros. until 1941, and then interrupted his career to serve until 1944 as the chairman of the Hollywood Writers Mobilization, a body to organize writers for the effort in World War II. In 1945 he joined a picket line against Warner Bros. After making one film for Hal Wallis's newly formed production company, Rossen made one for Columbia Pictures, another for Wallis and most of his later films for his own companies, usually in collaboration with Columbia. Rossen was a member of the American Communist Party from 1937 to about 1947, and believed the Party was "dedicated to social causes of the sort that we as poor Jews from New York were interested in."He ended all relations with the Party in 1949. Rossen was twice called before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), in 1951 and in 1953. He exercised his Fifth Amendment rights at his first appearance, refusing to state whether he had ever been a Communist. As a result, he found himself blacklisted by Hollywood studios as well as unable to renew his passport. At his second appearance he named 57 people as current or former Communists and his blacklisting ended. In order to repair finances he produced his next film, Mambo, in Italy in 1954. While The Hustler in 1961 was a great success, conflicts on the set of Lilith so disillusioned him that it was his last film. more…

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